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Well, Jerry, have you flown those 40 hours yet? Are you know fully certified (certificated?) and authorized, permitted to go where you wish, fly to your heart's content, roam the world with your new, sleek, and fast airplane?Best regards.Luis

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Yes, Luis,The 40 hours were completed on Friday, July 1st. In fact, when I pulled up in front of the FBO at Collegedale, I stood up in my airplane and yelled "FREE AT LAST!"I have been so busy doing the last minute details before the airplane goes into the paint shop that I have not taken time to update the web site until late last night and some additional changes this morning. You can get the details at this URL:http://www.n2prise.org/rv9a142.htm#July1Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Luis,This was the day you were asking about. I flew into Georgia to go someplace. I have some air-to-air photos posted on this web page:http://www.n2prise.org/rv9a143.htmI also shot some video footage while I was on the ground at the Pickens County Airport near Jasper, Georgia. Sorry, I have not figured out how to post any video to the web site yet.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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You will find the hope page now loads a bit faster at www.n2prise.org and TEN new pictures on pages 144 and 145.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Things are moving along nicely at the paint shop. You can get the details on this web page. Be sure to check the home page before completing your visit to my web site. I have changed some artwork there that is NEW.http://www.n2prise.org/rv9a145.htm#July7Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I have updated several pages on my web site with the latest prep work on the airplane, and a visit to another RV-8 builder to show a future-builder the details of doing things the "slow way". All the changed and new pages are linked from my home page.http://www.n2prise.org/While some folks are leaving parts of Florida to make room for a hurricane, I am heading down that way since the Florida East Coast is not in the bullseye for this one. After looking at the radar and forecast track for Dennis, I should probably get some rain on my way down to the West Palm Beach area on Saturday, July 9th. One last trip to Florida in the car. The future trips should all be in the airplane (4 hours by air vs. 12 hours in the car).I will be doing some contract work down there early in the week and should be back home next weekend to see the new paint scheme coming to life on my airplane. I will keep you posted.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Jerry, You can't leave for a week! I need my daily dose of "how to paint an airplane"! :D Between your website, and a friend who paints airplanes for advice, my garage's third bay is turning into a paint booth. Have already picked up one of those large standup tank compressors and an HVLP gun. Going for that new "yellow" I'm seeing on many 2005 vehicles for the top half, along with grey on the bottom, and black & white tapering stripes in between. Kind of like some racing flags I've seen on a few tails, too.Considering my plane is exactly where your's was, a month or so ago, condition wise, I'm JEALOUS! :( But being in the air conditioning business, my summer months are much too busy work wise, to do much about it! L.Adamson RV6A N328SL (still just reserved)

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If you are in the painting stage, it is time to convert that reserved N-number to a real registration. Sounds like you may not be far from a final assembly and getting ready for the airworthiness inspection.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I have finished one page and started another with new photos from the paint shop. Start at my home page and use the links from there.www.n2prise.orgJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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I can hardly wait until it is completely reassembled! Then there will be some really good pictures!Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Page 148 now has NINE new photos from today. I am supposed to get access to install some of the interior components tomorrow. It looks like Friday before the airplane will be ready to fly away from the paint shop.www.n2prise.orgJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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>Page 148 now has NINE new photos from today. I am supposed>to get access to install some of the interior components>tomorrow. It looks like Friday before the airplane will be>ready to fly away from the paint shop.>Nice looking, freshly painted plane...Flying it to Oshkosh in a few days...You're not too excited Jerry, are you??? :D L.Adamson

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I am just trying to get it all done BEFORE I leave. I keep having these nagging images of me at OSH still putting interior fabric on the side walls, adjusting the carpet, etc.The weather is looking good at this end, but I am watching that stalled front around the Ohio River Valley. Hopefully the high-pressure areas are blowing in from the west by Sunday.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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This time, I am free to roam the country "in style" as a really nice looking airplane. You can see the new class photos on my home page at www.n2prise.org and see other photos on my new page 150.Tomorrow, July 24th, I travel to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for Airventure 2005 at the EAA Headquarters. I will have more photos posted each day this week ahead since there is online access at the KOSH airport.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Enterprise looks beautiful, Jerry. You must be extremely proud of your work.I'm looking forward to your photographs from Oshkosh.[table][tr][td valign=top]http://www.avsim.com/other/usaribbon.gif[/td][td valign=center]Bob "FlyBert" StilesAVSIM Moderator[/b][/td][/tr][/table]"Don't stall on me, I have to soar!"~Richard Harvey, 1/21/2003

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Bob,I am pleased that my graphic ideas have been rendered to a finished paint job by the skills of Bill and Jeff at a little paint shop in North Georgia. The price was right plus the "down home service" and extra effort on their part was honorable. Bill and I shared many experiences growing up about 20 miles apart and in the same generation. The trivia games we played about movies and music while I was there assisting were a lot of fun! I did not know him until a few months ago when I began looking for a place to get my airplane painted. I feel I have made a new friend, not just a business contact.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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These newest outdoor pics, are purely inspiring! :-) Of course, I figure you'll be all set up at Oshkosh, before you read this...L.Adamson

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The web site is updated as I am ready to leave the airport. You can see the latest photos and text online at my usual hangout.www.n2prise.orgJerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Hi Jerry!Your airplane looks really nice with that new paint.Soo, whats up now?, just flying and enjoying N2PZ, or do you have any new projects "around the corner" ?Mats / Sundsvall-Sweden

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I have flown over 25 hours since I left home for Airventure 2005 at Oshkosh. I got home between some rain showers and thunder storms yesterday. I spent today trying to get back to "normal" and yet get the airplane interior ready to finish. I will be flying over to the Collegedale Airport to do a new weight and balance measurement now that all the paint is on the airplane. I also have to change the oil and filter, plus install a quick-drain oil plug in the engine oil sump to make future oil changes easier.As for a new project: You may remember my web posting about Wendell Folks. He is providing me some free hangar space for N2PZ. He ordered his preview plans today from Van's along with the paperwork to place his order for an RV-8 quick-build fuselage and wings. He will be ordering his empennage kit and both the other quick-build kits at the same time. Van's is currently quoting a four-month lead time on the QB kits. My job in all this is supply the specialized building tools and some help to get Wendell started and supervise him during the construction project.I have one more big trip to make in the airplane out west, probably in early October or late September. The weather will dictate when that happens. I also have to start thinking about what kind of employment I want, or get serious about being a private contractor and make some money again.I will keep posting my flying trips, and of course, and any new work on the airplane as it gets completed. I still have a few things I want to do to make it more useful, like the right seat conversion into a baggage shelf, etc.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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Now when u have flown some long trips, how is ur RV-9 compared tothe tradidional Cessna or Piper?I know that the performance is way better than that old guys, but how is the Noise and Comfort in comparison?(ofcourse, a new C172 has low cabin-noise compared to a C152 from late fifties).I guess there is different kind of interiors with different noise-reducing characteristics to.Mats - that middle aged Swed....

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I only had time to put in half of the interior side-wall insulation panels before my trip to Oshkosh. I won't be able to answer that question until it is completed. I am trying to get that done this week along with an oil change, plus a new weight and balance measurement now that the airplane is painted.Jerry K. ThorneEast Ridge, TN

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